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Volume 25, Number 3 — March 2018

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Bristol residents strap in for annual James Wimmer Bristol Bluegrass Spring Fest

BRISTOL, Va.: Ralph Stanley chewed on a peanut butter cookie after the mountain music king’s show in Clintwood. Moments later, Clinch Mountain Boy Randall Hibbitts sauntered by for a chat.

Technical center students show off thier talent at Abingdon’s Arts Depot

ABINGDON, Va.: Cassie Martino is a student who recently used her welding skills to fuse a metal farm scene complete with a fire tower, barn, silo and the Mendota swinging bridge.

Improved Rocky Mount prepares to welcome guests

PINEY FLATS, Tenn.: “This is not your father’s Rocky Mount,” said Sam Wegner, as he viewed the results of recent construction at the historic site in Piney Flats.

Teachers of Promise ... & the promise of teaching

By the time you read these words, I will have returned from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, fresh from a two-day stay at the Teachers of Promise Institute. I will have spent those two days striving to further inspire several of Virginia’s finest and most promising future educators.

Local men bring live music and comfort to BRMC

BRISTOL, Va.: Rippling chords echo through the vaulted central corridor of Bristol Regional Medical Center as the gnarled fingers of lifelong piano players glide effortlessly over the ivory keys.

Johnson City Jazz Festival tunes in for second year

Spread wide and step inside the wide umbrella span of jazz music. Bebop to swing, Afro-Cuban to fusion to dance-with-whomever-jazz returns to Little Chicago. So make room for the 2nd Annual Johnson City Jazz Festival. Set to stage at Johnson City’s Carnegie Hotel from Thursday, March 15 through Saturday, March 17, the festival features local to nationally-touring musicians.

Mountain Music Museum, ACMA donate vintage records to ETSU

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn.: A rare collection of vintage records was donated Friday to East Tennessee State University by the Mountain Music Museum and the Appalachian Cultural Music Association. Mountain Music Museum Executive Director Rick Dollar said a home was needed for the collection of more than 4,700 records.

Professor immerses herself in work to cope with stress & anxiety of cancer

BRISTOL, Tenn.: Cancer. The dreaded word can strike fear into the hearts of the stoutest souls.

From the diaper closet comes the best laid plans

Most Americans “don’t look” at their final deterioration and death, to borrow a phrase from Mark Twain, “...the way one doesn’t look at a cripple.”

Artful aging: Johnson City Public Library awarded grant for second year

Johnson City Public Library has once again received a grant from Aroha Philanthropies through their national initiative to bring hands-on fine arts education opportunities to adults age 55 and up.

ETSU faculty member helps recommend top books for young adults

Looking for a good book to recommend to a young adult? Dr. Renee Lyons at East Tennessee State University may have some suggestions.

Things look solid for The Pickin' Porch

A pair of handmade brown signs hang high inside a building near Tim White's home in Blountville, Tennessee.

Local teen learns to cope with anxiety through music

BRISTOL, Va. — Seated comfortably in the upstairs balcony of a downtown venue with an easy smile on her face, rising star Rylee Peters doesn't look like someone who had to fight so hard to reach her dream.

Director discusses Barter's possible expansion to NC site

ABINGDON, Va. — Barter Theatre could set stage in Mount Airy, North Carolina, according to Producing Artistic Director Richard Rose.

Influence of mentor's death drives local actor to a career in theater

The tragic death of a Virginia High School teacher inspired one student to follow in her footsteps and set the stage for his career in theater.

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